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can't wait. >> i'm going to be there early. >> reporter: craig gordon, "news4 today." "news4 today" starts now. former president bill clinton waking up in a hospital bed this morning. what doctors are now saying about his latest health scare. plus, nowhere to go. we are finally getting a break from the snow and some people are heading back to work while others still cannot get past their driveways. good morning, everyone. welcome to "news4 today." i'm eun yang. >> good morning to you. i'm joe krebs this friday, the 12th of february, 2010. we'll take a live look outside right now. we are not going to do that. we are going to do that. here's ronald reagan international airport where the temperature is 30 degrees. and we'll check on the airports to see what flights are coming in and out of town today. but now we'll go to meteorologist tom keirein for the latest on the forecast. it looks like the first weekend
in a while we won't have any snow, tom. >> good weather for that. another day with a settled weather pattern. right now it is below freezing throughout much of the regional. near 30 in washington. the suburbs in montgomery, fairfax, prince georges counties in the upper 30s. it is below freezing around the regional this morning. there's a winter storm watch out in the carolinas. there will be a storm there over the weekend. we could get a few flurries over the weekend. for us this morning, a clear start. we have clouds over virginia and west virginia at this hour. we may see some of those arriving here later today. we'll be into the mid-30s by noon. upper 30s by mid-afternoon, so there will be some melting. sunrise at 7:03. sunset, 5:42. cloudy tonight in the mid-20s. by dawn on saturday, mostly cloudy with highs reaching the mid-30s and a slight chance for a flurry. partly cloudy on sunday. could get light snow on monday. jerry, how is it looking? we'll check out in the district southeast washington, very bumpy conditions. again, that's all ice at this
hour. i've watched more than a few folks slipping and sliding and a lot of the major roadways and secondary roadways literally only one lane. be prepared to give because it will be a very much sharing effort throughout the day today while crews continue to work. elsewhere, here's a sample up the interstates 95, 395, 66 all the way into town this morning, not too bad if you take it very, very slowly. your line of sight is going to be very poor. and on many interstates you are actually pulling into traffic in a travel lane. keep that in mind. if you are staying with the interstate for a while, stay as much to the center as you can to allow those folks to get on and off safely. speeds will vary from 20 miles an hour to 80 miles an hour on the interstates this morning. we'll keep you updated. >> keep in mind as you emphasized, jerry, during the normal rush hour on a normally good day the lanes are packed th cars.
there are many fewer lanes available so it will be much worse. >> it will be very treacherous. the blizzards are over and now it is time for the big dig. here is how we stand today. the federal government is back open with a delayed arrival unscheduled leave policy. workers can arrive up to two hours later than usual. all major school systems are still closed. there will be limited metro rail service today with nine stations still closed. a limited number of metro bus routes will also be running. and this all means that things are getting back to normal slowly. it is going to take a lot of time. >> news4's tracee wilkins is joining us live from the metro statn with more on the digout. good morning to you. >> reporter: good news if you are getting back to work today. metro is back up and running, but things are not completely back to normal. here's the capitol heights metro station. they have it cleaned out. look at the sidewalk. i have not seen sidewalks in weeks! they have the sidewalks taken
care of and the roads throughout metro station taken care of. they look good. this is why. they piled it up over here and various other areas around east capitol and southern central avenue. they have piled up a lot of this stuff. here's what it looks like for metro over the last few days. now we are knowing all blue, green and yellow line stations are open, but the red and orange lines have limited service today. all trains will run slower due to conditions on the tracks. metro buses will be back in service on passable roads only. and in d.c., that means most likely snow emergency routes. they expect to expand service as the roads improve throughout the day. metro rail will have 20 to 25-minute intervals aboveground and 10 to 15-minute intervals below ground on the metro stations. now, they are going to be closing at midnight tonight instead of 3:00 a.m. to give them more time for clearing. back out here live, you can see they are still moving snow here
at the metro stations. they still have plows and crews out here working, but take a look here at east capitol as it becomes central avenue here. they have done a fantastic job of cleaning up central avenue. we were driving down here this morning and taking a look at it. it is wet, but it is not slick. the chemicals are working. it looks really good. a great example of the major roads leaving the district into prince georges county. it should be a great ride, but give yourself plenty of time and take your time. i'm tracee wilkins. back to you in the studio. we are finally getting back to normal at the airports. reagan, dulles and bwi marshall are reopened this morning. travelers need to check with the airline to make sure their flight is on before coming to the airport this morning. a porch at this home in southeast washington just could not hold all that snow. some neighbors decided to shovel the snow off their roofs to make sure the same thing didn't
happen to them. experts do advise people not to do this for safety reasons. no one was injured when that first porch gave way. and an american university in northwest, the high winds and heavy snow took down a pedestrian canopy according to the au newspaper it is located between the mary graden center and the tompkins building center. it has been up for less than two years. several people were around it when it happened, but nobody was injured. the university is now working to repair or replace the canopy. another big story we are following this morning, former president bill clinton in the hospital after having stints inserted into his heart. doctors are joining us live from new york city with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we have good news to report. former president bill clinton is expected to be released from the hospital today. yesterday he underwent a heart procedure to open a clogged artery. chest discomfort sent former
president bill clinton to the columbia presbyterian hospital on thursday where the doctor determined the 63-year-old had a blocked artery and needed two stints to keep it open. >> he had some vague chest discomfort that when it became repetitive he recognized it could be a problem with his heart. >> reporter: this is not the first time the former president has experienced heart problems. in 2004 mr. clinton underwent quadruple bypass surgery because of four blocked arteries. allen schwartz said it was one of those vessels that requires the stints. >> one of the bypass grafts was completely blocked. the procedure took an order of an hour, and he was able to get up after about two hours. >> reporter: hillary clinton was seen leaving the hospital late thursday night after she and daughter chelsea spent the evening with her husband. the secretary of state is expected to keep plans for an upcoming trip to the middle east. as for mr. clinton, doctors
expect a full recovery. >> i told him he could be back in the office on monday. >> reporter: mr. clinton's heart procedure is common. more than a half million stints are placed in patients in the u.s. each year. again, mr. clinton is expected to be released from the hospital today. he's looking forward to getting back to work with his foundation and to helping the people in haiti. eun? >> dean in, this is not a surgery, right? just to clarify. >> reporter: it is a procedure. it is not a surgery. it is called a procedure. >> okay. thank you. a full recovery expected by monday. thank you, dr. deanna lights in new york city. the winter olympics are now just hours away. >> they are just hours away. an inside look now at the finishing touches underway up there in vancouver. plus, some confusion down in haiti. conflicting reports regarding the future of the detained americans accused of kidnapping. and after the break, the
good morning. time for weather and traffic on this friday morning. we've got a clear sky, the temperature is now 29 in watt washington. we are in the 20s in t the subus and the mountains are in the teens. the view today is showing a clear sky, but clouds are over virginia and into west virginia. we'll have a sunny morning and
then clouds build around the metro area during the afternoon. highs before that into the upper 30s. so a good day for digging out as well as on saturday and sunday settled weather. might be a flurry in virginia on saturday. then on president's day, we could get some light snow. still looking at light snow with temperatures in the mid-30s for highed highs. we'll look at the weather for the weekend in the next ten minutes. if you are traveling the interstates, as we have been saying, be very careful. you are going to lose travel lanes to the ice and snow and exiting on and off the interstates. it will be treacherous for all concerned. elsewhere, making the trip to the secondary roadways, notice the right side of your screen. you lose one lane completely under ice and snow. everybody is going to have to really be polite with each other. share the roads this morning and pay close attention to what's going on around you. just be very, very cautious. i really fear for the folk that is are going out this morning
because if you don't look far down and notice you are losing the travel lane, you won't nernlg time and we'll have a lot of accidents. be careful at intersections because the snow is piled so high it is very difficult to see when it is cleared enough to get into an intersection safely. >> yes, the line of sight at most intersections is terrible. again, people are going to have to literally dart into the travel lane to try to make the turn. it is not good. >> plus, look for pedestrians. >> absolutely. >> thank you, jerry. it is 5:13. >> after the break, we'll be live in virginia with a the recovery after the back-to-back blizzards. we'll tell you how the roads look before you head out to work. plus, if you think cabin fever is bad, imagine being stuck in your car for 36 hours. hear from some people who survived the storm while stranded on the highway. and why a half century of political history will soon come to an end on capitol hill.
consumer confidence, toyota will disclose problems that it is not legally required to. toyota's reputation has been battered by recalls of 8.5 million vehicles for gas and brake pedal problems. former president bill clinton could be released from a new york hospital today. he was taken to the hospital after experiencing discomfort in his chest. after seeing his cardiologist, clinton had two stints placed in a clogged heart artery. doctors say he's fine and in good spirits. representative patrick kennedy of rhode island is retiring after eight terms in congress. and in a taped message this week he said he is, quote, taking a new direction. this comes less than a month after the republican victory in the election to replace his father, the late senator, ted kennedy. patrick kennedy has been in and out of treatment for substance abuse, but he's easily won re-elections in his state. once his term ends this will be the first time in more than 60 years that a kennedy won't be holding a political office in washington. a judge in haiti is
recommending the ten u.s. missionaries who were charged with kidnapping be released from jail while the investigation continues. the judge questioned the americans and parents who say they willingly gave their children to the baptist group. they believed the missionaries would educate and care for their kids. now the prosecutor can agree or object to the recommendation, but the judge has the final say. it is unclear if the americans are released whether they will be allowed to leave the country or not. listen, prince georges county shot a suspect who barricaded himself inside a home yesterday in the 6700 block of coolidge drive in ten temple hills. police were called to the area after the report of someone being shot. when they arrived, one person had been shot and a man ran into a nearby home and barricaded himself in a room. police went to the house and tried for several hours to negotiate with him. the suspect finally pointed his gun at police, police say, and then the officers fired a shot. no word this morning on that man's condition. and one man is dead and two
others injured after a terrible crash in rockville that happened around 8:00 last night in the 1200 block of west montgomery avenue. police say a chevrolet civil a dough was turning left into a hotel entrance when a ford explorer slammed into the passenger side. william lee mason of riverdale was killed. both drivers were injured, but they are expected to be okay. it is another day that many people will spend digging out of all of this snow. and while crews continue to work hard to clear the roadways there are still some trouble spots. news4's megan mcgrath is in road hills, virginia, with a check on the roads. tell me it is getting better. >> reporter: you know, it really depends where you live and where you are going because there's just a variety of conditions that we are seeing out here. if you take a look behind me here, this is rose hill drive. you can see that they have done a very good job of clearing this roadway. we have asphalt, a little bit of slush in the cut-through here as you were to cross the median
here, you can see there are piles of slush, but by and large, not looking too bad. look across rose hill, though. this is green haven place. you can see the snow cover on that road. in fact, you can see some of the cars that are still buried deep in all of that. that is going to be a tough situation this morning for the folks trying to dig out and get to work. and that's what we are expecting today. folks who have been home-bound have been holed up in their houses for the last couple of days. many of them are going to try to venture out and get back to work today. and it is going to be a tough go for a lot of them, especially for folks who live on streets like this that really have not gotten the attention of some of the major roads. we drove on van doran to get here this morning. it looked pretty good, but my drive in this morning, one of the big problems is that snow is impinging on the lane, so you don't have a full lane in some kirks. independence avenue after main avenue hit it down by the world
war ii memorial, for example. the lane on the right hand side is about a quarter of what it should be. foxhall was down to one lane. there's no warning on this stuff, so we are going to bring you a little more in just a few minutes. in fact, we have a snowplow coming down here with some salt here. so they are still working on it, but we are seeing ice here because it is cold with a lot of melt. >> megan mcgrath in rose hill. megan, that's my favorite hat. >> reporter: i had to bring it back. >> thank you. in frederick county, maryland, the blizzard trapped 25 people inside their cars. overnight rescue workers had to dig through snowdrifts that got up to feet high to reach the trapped passengers. many passed the time by going to sleep. >> we were in the middle othe road because the tractor-trailer broke down. >> children were among those in the vehicles. fortunately, the heat in the vehicles worked. no serious injuries. >> that's dangerous.
we are just hours away from the opening ceremonies of the 2010 winter olympic games. >> the city of vancouver is making last-minute preparations for tonight's really big show. that was rehearsal. athletes from around the world will gather with 55,000 fans for this spectacular event. 3 billion others around the world are expected to watch on television. real competition begins immediately afterward with individual ski jumping. and not every athlete who made it to the olympics will be ae to compete. however, that news came after the most rigorous deed of trust testing in olympic history. >> more than 30 athletes have been prevented from competing in the vancouver olympic games for violating anti-doning rules. of course, that's a significant number. >> a tough week for the u.s. oh skiing team as well. stacy cook crashed after practicing a landing jump.
lindsay vonn is also recovering from a shin injury. the team is hopeful both will still compete. the olympics begin tonight at 7:30. you can see it all right here on nbc 4. >> well, i hope stacy cook is okay. that's a hard fall. we'll get a check on traffic and weather now. >> here's meteorologist tom kierein in the storm center with the latest on the forecast. hi, tom. >> hi, good morning. starting off friday morning with a clear sky. we have settled weather, good weather for us to continue the digout as we continue into the weekend. right now, temperatures are cold. we are in the upper 20s all around the region. it is 29 in washington. the mid-20s farther to our north up there in frederick county where they have the people stranded. they did get up to two feet of snow from the storm on wednesday. d the winds up that way were howling at 40 to 50 miles an hour, that created the tremendous drifts. well, we a still digging out with a clear sky this morning. a few clouds over virginia and west virginia. we'll see those in the metro area by this afternoon. highs will be in the upper 30s.
mostly cloudy tomorrow with a few flurries in virginia. partly cloudy on sunday. then light snow on monday for president's day. that may linger into tuesday morning. then settled weather in the midweek next week. now jerry how is the traffic? we are going to sample another cameras for you along the key bridge. notice again you are losing travel lanes. clearly, this is going to be a major issue for both directions on the bridges, interstates, secondary roadways. again, you have to get used to sharing the roadway and just being alert. quick check elsewhere, we'll take a live look of the beltway and route 50 in virginia. for the most part, moving pretty well, but caution, caution, caution. absolutely. thank you, jerry. >> 5:3 23 now. if you worked overnight, why you are not alone. >> why the astronauts have been putting extra time in. also, family members of those killed last year are finishing the journey for they loved ones. and next, changes after
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unconscious but not seriously injured. today marks one year since the continental flight crashed into a house outside of buffalo, new york, killing 50 people. families of those killed say they will finish the journey to the airport. they will walk the ten miles or so to remember the 50 people who were lost. federal investigators say the crash was due to pilot error. 5:27 is your time now. 29 degrees. ahead, former president bill clinton waking up in a hospital bed. >> what doctors are saying about his condition and the long-term prognosis ahead. plus, no matter how you plan to get around this morning, things are slowly getting back to normal. emphasizing slowly. emphasizing slowly. a live report on the roads next. with the verizon fios multi-room dvr, whatever you record here you can watch in up to six different rooms. if you record hockey... ...you can watch it in the basement. yes! snowboarding in the bedroom? yes! or ice dancing in the kitchen. yes! ♪ i'm not sure why i said yes... that's -- that was weird.
former president bill clinton in a hospital this morning after undergoing a procedure on his heart. what doctors are saying about his condition. plus, no rush. more people are heading back to work today, but it is still quite slow going after all this snow. good morning. welcome back to "news4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. it is friday, february 12th, 2010. we'll get the latest on the digout after the izzard. the federal government is back open but with a delayed arrival in effect. also, unscheduled leave policy in effect. workers can arrive up to two hours later than normal. all major school systems remain closed, however, and there are
limited rail services today with some above-ground stations still closed. limited number of bus routes wi be runni today, also. we'll go to meteorologist tom keirein to get the latest on the forecast. tom, we are looking for a quiet weekend. >> thankfully, happily, it looks that way into sunday. however, monday we could get a little bit of light snow. no weather problems with a mostly clear sky at 29 in washington. prince george's counties, montgomery, it is below freezing throughout the region. clouds over virginia and west virginia on this friday morning. we'll have sup around the metro area this morning. by noon, increasing clouds and becoming cloudy at 5:42. before that, we'll make it into the upper 20s. by dawn on saturday, saturday mostly cloudy with highs reaching the mid-30s. might have a few flurries in virginia. partly cloudy on sunday. monday, maybe light snow is the way it looks right now.
light snow. now, jerry, how is the traffic? we'll head north to check out interstate 270 near i-70. the travel lanes are open here, t there are still problems in frederick county. very quickly, we'll run down the major roadways that are still closed. parts of route 85, parts of route 15 remain closed off. 180 east of route 17 remains closed. route 17 south of i-70, 340 out west of i-80 petersville, route 75, portions of route 75 and 80 are closed. there's a massive cleanup that needs to be done and continues in frederick county this morning along the major roadways. there have been many, many people and many vehicles stranded. let's head over to see how we are doing a little closer in. this is the gw parkway off the reagan national airport. on the parkways, be careful. a lot of dump trucks and crews out there this morning. downtownon the southwest freeway, dump trucks are coming and going full of snow.
they are dumping it and turning under and heading back to other parts of the district. thank you very much. that answers that question. thank you. the blizzards brought our area to standstill, but we are now digging out with things moving again. metro is open today, but whether you have service depends on where you live. tracee wilkins is joining us live from capitol heights metro station with more on the confusion of what's open and what's not. traycee, good morning. >> reporter: we have seen different numbers. we have seen 22 stations closed, nine stations closed, the latest number is 15 stations closed. good news for people here at capitol heights metro. the folks who use this one, it looks like the metro station is open. the subways are open and the buses are running. we have folks out here working with the salt. they have done a good job of cleaning uout here and getting the metro station ready, but this is the below-ground metro
station. most of the issues are with below or above-ground metro stations. so things aren't completely back to normal yet. now, as it stands, it appears all green line stations are completely open. but the red, flu, yellow and orange lines have limited service today. all trains will run slower due to the condition of the track. now, that's below and above-ground stations. metro buses will be back in service, but only on passable -- >> all right. that was tracee wilkins reporting from capitol heights. she mentioned there have been communications problems with metro. they sent out a release saying nine stations were osed. 22, 17, 15, i think there's a lot of confusion. it will be confusing for riders. >> the closures we are referring to are the above-ground stations. a lot of the above-ground stations are open, but how many are operating and are closed seems up clear from metro. we are trying to get in touch with them to straighten this
out. in other news northern virginia vw hopes to clear most of the areas, but some won't be cleared until sunday. some homeowners formed a shovel brigade clearing a half-mile of snow. in d.c. main roads are clear, but some side streets are still waiting for a plow. when i say clear, you can get through but they are not all lanes open. the snow level is so high and so is the frustration. >> we paid a lot of time here and haven't gotten our streets plowed. >> i want my tax money back and i'll get my own plow. >> mayor fenty is bringing in equipment from nearby states to haul away snow that can't be pushed to the side of the road by the district's equipment. flights are heading in and out of our area again.
bwi, reagan national and dulles international are all back open. still check with your airline before coming to the airport this morning. former president bill clinton could be released from a new york city hospital today. he has a blocked artery and needed two stints to keep it open. back in 2004 the former president underwent quadruple bypass surgery because of four blocked arteries. mr. clinton's cardiologist said one of the arteries required the stint. >> one of the bypass grafts was completely blocked. the procedure took in the order of an hour, and he was able to get up about two hours afterwards. >> and the former president is said to be okay and in good spirits. his heart procedure is quite common more than a half million stints are placed in patients in the united states every year. in an effort to win back customer confidence, toyota says it is planning a new level of disclosure. the automaker says it will let
consumers know about problems that do not rise to the level that they would be required legally to reveal. the company spokesperson says the move is designed to restore the company's credibility. toyota's reputation has been battered by recalls of 8.5 million vehicles for cat, gas and break pedal problems. the interfashional space station has a new room and and observation room. no snow. overnight they used a giant robotic arm to attach tranquility to the side of the space station. the job of installing the new room is so complicated it will require three space walks. later today astronauts will hook up the power and tomorrow they are going to work on the plumbing. space shutting "endeavour" delivered the new room earlier this week. 5:37 is your time now. 29 degrees. president obama will head back to campus in just a few months. >> where he'll address the gradual watts of one virginia school. plus, the eyes of the world will be on vancouver. what olympic organizers say to expect at tonight's opening
space, we just have a few clouds coming through. there are flurries up in western pennsylvania that will stay up there. we have a partly cloudy day with some sun this morning, but cloudy tonight. before that we should make it into the upper 30s. then mostly cloudy saturday in the mid-30s with flurries in virginia. partly cloudy on sunday with light snow on presidents' day. how is the traffic? we'll check things out around the area. 295 northbound and southbound, very serviceable. that's where i'm going to use that word a lot. stay up the middle because on the major interstates there's a good chance you'll lose the far right lane or left lane to ice and snow. over to maryland we go, that's the capital beltway at river road. crews are working to clear that. we have gotten word that the exit ramp to claire barton parkway is extremely icy yet. just a good example to be very cautious this morning. thanks, jerry. >> 5:41 is the time, 29 degrees. valentine's day weather worries. >> why retailers are worried about feeling heartbreak this
weather. all federal agencies still have a two-hour delay in effect. employees who cannot report can take unscheduled leave for today. metro is back and running today, but with limited service. 15 stations are still closed because of snow on the track. all above-ground stations, the green line is the only line operating fully. a limited number of metro bus routes will be running today, mostly along the snow emergency routes. metro access trips begin at 6:45 a.m. and in an effort to win back consumer confidence, car-maker toyota will disclose problems that it is not legally required to disclose. their reputation has been battered of recalls of 8.5 million for gas and brake pedal problems. representative patrick kennedy of rhode island is retiring after eight terms in congress. in taping message to air this weekend, kennedy says his life is, quote, taking a new direction. once his term ends this will be the first time in more than 60 years a kennedy will not be holding a political office in
d.c. the former president bill clinton is expected to leave a new york city hospital after undergoing heart surgery. it was not heart surgery, it was a procedure. clinton suffered from chest discomfort for a few days before contacting his doctor. he has two stints i certified inserted into one artery yesterday. elaine reyes is here from the newsroom with more on this. >> reporter: he is said to be doing well, even walking around the hospital a few hours after the procedure. doctors told mr. clinton he could go back to work on monday. former president bill clinton spent the night at columbia presbyterian hospital in new york city. yesterday two stints were implanted into one of his coronary arteries. it was the first operated on six years ago during a quadruple bypass. his doctors say the operation was a follow-up procedure and not a result of poor lifestyle. mr. clinton's heart procedure is
common. more than half a million stints are placed in patients each year across the united states. >> i would like to say that the goal of the treatment, and i think it will be achieved, is for president clinton to resume his very active lifestyle. this was not a result of either his lifestyle or his diet, which have been excellent. he exercises regularly, he's in excellent condition asvidence both by what he does and by objective testing and stress testing. his cholesterol numbers and other risk factors that we follow have all been excellent. this is part of the natural history. >> secretary of state hillary clinton was at the white house yesterday when she got the news. she arrived at the hospital late last night with her daughter chelsea and is expected to continue her trip to the middle east one day late. thank you, elaine. president barack obama called
mr. clinton to wish him a speedy recovery. the president said mr. clinton's work to help haiti recover is too important for him to be laid up for too long. president obama signed up mr. clinton and former president george w. bush to spearhead the fund-raising efforts for haiti. a judge in haiti is recommending the ten u.s. missionaries who were charged with kidnapping be released from jail while the investigation continues. the judge questioned the americans and parents who said they willingly gave their children to the baptistgroup. they believe the missionaries would educate and care for their children. now the prosecutor can agree or object to the recommendation, but the judge has the final say. it is unclear if the americans are released whether they will be allowed to leave the country or not. a man who barricaded himself inside a home in prince george's county ended up being shot by police late yterday in the 6700 block of cool inl drive in temple hills. police were called to the area after the report of someone being shot. when they arrived they found one person had been shot. they also learned that a man
with a gun had run into a nearby home and barricaded himself in a room. police went to that house and tried for several hours to negotiate with the gunman. the if person finally pointed his gun at police and officers fired a shot. no word on the man's condition. and a violent crash in rockville has left one man dead and two others injured. this happened around 8:00 last night in the 1200 block of west montgomery avenue. a chevrolet silverado pickup was turning left into a hotel entrance when a ford explorer slammed into the passenger side. the passenger 62-year-old william lee mason of riverdale was killed. both drivers were injured but they are expected to be okay. senate democrats are proposing a new jobs bill after scrapping a previous version that had bipartisan support. the latest bill focuses on boosting job creation and tax companies that hire unemployed workers and small businesses that buy new equipment.
they are accusing the democrats of going against the first agreement. senate majorry leader harry reid says they need to send the rht message to the american people. >> we feel the american people need a message. the message they need is that we are doing something about jobs. we don't have a jobs bill, we have a jobs agenda. and we are going to move forward with that. >> the senate has a key test vote when the chamber returns the week of february 22nd. democrats need at least one gop vote to win in a filibuster challenge. "usa today" is forcing their virginia staff to take an unpaid week off between the end of february and july 3rd. the move is to help the nation's second largest newspaper save money amid a slump in ad sales. "usa today" has 1500 employees and they had to take two weeks of unpaid leave last year. president obama will deliver two commencement peaches
speeches. the white house announced he will speak to the gram watts of hampton university in virginia and at the university of michigan. the president will also speak at one of the military academies. last year he spoke to graduates of the u.s. naval academy. we are counting down to the start of the 2010 winter olympic games. >> final preparations for tonight's opener ceremonies are taking place right now. athletes will gather along with 55,000 fans for the spectacular opening ceremonies. 3 billion around the world are expected to watch on television. five-time olympian mark griffith has the honor of carrying the u.s. flag and leading team usa into the stadium. >> my jaw dropped and i was just flored. and for the next half hour we were sitting in the room just talking about it and both of us were just shaking from the excitement. it is a great honor. >> the opening ceremonies begin tonight at 7:30. you can see them right here on
nbc 4. >> it is going to be exciting. >> a big night. it is now 5:51. time for traffic and weather on the 1s. >> tom keirein is in storm center4. tom? >> i'm happy to report, more good weather for the digout, the big dig after the big storm from ermier earlier this week. we have a settled weather pattern through sunday. upper 20s in the suburbs of montgomery, fairfax, prince george's counties. in southern maryland temperatures are in the 20s to lower 30s. the wind are still gusting to around 20 to 25. so the windchills are down into the teens. it feels like 20 degrees in washington now. and the view from space showing a clear sky across maryland and the district, northern virginia, but there are some clouds across virginia into west virginia and weern pennsylvania. now, as we take a look across the nation, we do have an area of low pressure spreading moisture right along the gulf coast. this low does appear it will track off to the east and then
maybe go a little northeast. so by saturday it might come close enough, perhaps, for this part of virginia and into the carolinas to get light flurries, but i don't think we'll have anything here in washington. now, for monday, we have and area of spin in the upper levels of the atmosphere coming down out of the northern plains coming our way. it is really going to be moisture starved. it won't have a lot of moisture with it. that's why i'm thinking light snow for the event here on monday. now, as that energy does get closer to us, we'll have a week area of low pressure forming right over us during the day on monday. and that's when we might get a little light snow. then that low pressure will intensify getting off the coast, but not explosively. it does not appear like the one did on wednesday. if it moves off the coast, it may tap a lit atlantic moisture and perhaps give us a little bit of light snow accumulations. that's the way it looks right now. so stay tunedle we'll keep you posted. sunny this morning. by 9:00, near 30. sunrise at 7:03. by noon, mid-30s.
so we basketball will be above freezing throughout the ternn. we'll have a lot of water. then it will freeze back up again tonight under a cloudy sky. sunset at 5:42. by midnight should be down into the upper 20s. and bottoming out in the mid-20s by dawn on saturday. sunrise tomorrow at 7:02. saturday, looking mostly cloudy. we could have a few flurries into virginia on saturday as that moisture does pass far to our south. highs in the mid-30s. then on sunday, partly cloudy, morning low in the teens. afternoon highs into the mid-30s. and then that weather system coming through on monday does appear it may give us some light snow. it does not appear right now that it is going to turn into a big explosively developing low pressure off the coast like it did on wednesday. so we will certainly keep you posted. please stay tuned because things can change, but right now early indications are light snow for presidents' day. then after that, it may linger a little bit into tuesday morning,
but much of that any light accumulating snow would be monday afternoon and evening into tuesday morning. after that, sunshine back. and still colder than average into the 30s on wednesday and thursday next week. now, jerry, how is the traffic? we'll head on out. this is what makes the traffic reports go -- notice the headlights on the left of your screen. this is a broken down vehicle inbound 66 near route 10 before the roosevelt brim. a very dangerous situation. the vehicles are in the far right lane and coming around the corner headed for the t.r. at speeds. authorities are aware of the vehicle broken down in the roadway. they are headed over there right now. if you are headed there, be careful. a quick check elsewhere, we'll take a look along i-95. looking good at 32, but the ramp from 95 southbound to the inner loop in college park is closed for the time being. d delays southbound 95 begin at route 212. thank you very much, jerry. >> we have been telling you
about confusion early this morning about which trains are open in the metro. we'll go to lisa for the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. what we have on the metro season is the entire green line open. on the red line we are open from medical center to green month. the orange line from boston to new carolton. on the blue line from the airport to already a go largo town center. that's a change from what we announced yesterday. on the yellow line from the airport to mount very non square. we had an unexpected problem at kingston. they have a canopy that sits over the tracks and over the platform. and that became damaged due to the snow. and we had to divert snow clearing crews to kingston to fix the canopy that dumped four feet of snow onto the track. we have to spend a few hours to clean that safely. we are clearing the tracks, or
we have gotten back to clearing the tracks from kingston further outward on the blu and yellow lines. we do expect the blue and yellow line stations to be open some time this morning. unfortunately, i the not have a timeframe for that, but we are optimistic that will be some time in the early half of the morning. >> now what about the red line which is, of course, the busiest line? what about the above-ground stations north of medical center, all of the above-ground stations are closed at this point. what are the hopes to get any of those open today? >> we are optimisting optimistic we can do more clearing. those areas were the hardest hit with the snow, and it is just a matter of moving tons of snow. we are doing that now. >> and lisa, tell us about the metro bus and metro access today. >> with metro access, that will be starting today at 6:45 a.m.
normally we do door-to-door service, but it could be curb-to-curb service. on the metro bus system, whenever we get additional bus routes we are aware of, we'll be posting them on metroopenitsdoors.com. we do have some limited bus service, and just like yesterday, we anticipate that we'll be having less routes as the road conditions improve. >> now, of course, this won't really affect those stations that are closed, but what about parking in a lot of the metro stations? i mean, driving past the parking lots, they were covered in two to three feet of snow. >> we have about 70% of the parking lots available for automobiles today. the other 30% have been used to pile up that snow. and the top decks of 22 parking garages do have snow. that's something we are going to be trying to address today. normally we would dump a few
inches of snow over the edges, but there's so much snow that's not an option. >> lisa, a lot of people are heading back to work for the first time today, can you tell them what to expect in terms of delays and how frequently the trains are going to be running at the stations that are open? >> and how crowded? >> we do see intervals between above-ground trains and they are around 20 to 25 minutes. and under-ground between 10 to 15 minutes apart. it is because they are not used to the ice and the snow. we are moving slower and being cautious to provide people a safe level of service as possible. >> lisa, thank you so much for joining us. i'm sure you will contie to keep us i formed adds as changes come in. go to metroopensdoors.com to find the latest information. >> we recommend you check it before heading out this morning. "news4 today" continues now
at 6:00 a.m. >> snow over it. the federal government is open today, but the snow is not going anywhere. with many roads still in horrible condition, it could be a rough morning. health scare. former president bill clinton is in the hospital. how he is doing after undergoing a heart procedure. thank you for sticking with us for "news4 today." i'm eun yang. >> i'm joe krebs, the 12th day of february, 20. a lot of work has been done to clear a lot of the roadways. we are looking at a live picture of ronald reagan national airport where the temperature is 29 degrees. still very cold out there. >> the airports are open today, but check with your airline before heading out this morning. we'll check the weather now with meteorologist tom keirein the in the storm center. >> yesterday i was doing my
digging and you get through the top layer of fluff with the saturday snow compacted down to thick layers, three inchesf ice at the bottom. it is really difficult to deal with, but we have good weather for more digging as it will continue today. right now 29 in washington. the mid-20s for the eastern shore. out of the mountains in the teens. montgomery, arlington, prince george's counties in the upper 20s. we have a clear sky here and a few clouds over virginia and west virginia this morning. and we will have some sunshine around theetro area this morning. by 9:00 near 30. then increasing clouds this afternoon with highs in the upper 30s. we'll have some melting. sunrise at 7:03. sunset at 5:42. overnight tonight it will be cloudy in the upper 20s by midnight. sunrise tomorrow at 7:02. we might have a little sun in the morning and cloudy the rest of the day with highs in the mid-30s. we have moisture passing partly to our south, but we could see flurries there in virginia on saturday afternoon. otrwise, just clouds around.
sunday, partly cloudy with highs in the mid-30s and morning lows in the teens. another weather system coming in on monday, presidents' day, could give us light accumulations of snow. it is still an early indication that it would be light accumulations of snow from that system. and after that, things should be settling down again. we have finally some breathing room other than what may be happening on monday. all right, jerry, should the traffic? >> in addition to all the snow removal and ice removal that continues, there's a broken down car along interstate 66 on the approach to the roosevelt bridge. far right lane, you can see the driver of the vehicle is mind the car waving folks out of the far right lane. very dangerous situation here. so hopefully virginia state police are en route. we'll keep you updated. we'll head over to 95 up around 32. certainly passable, but we have word that the ramp from southbound 95 to the inner loop in college park is closed. that's because of ice. lots of ice, lots of snow.
you lose a lot of travel lanes on all the roadways around the area, so be careful. another busy day. we'll keep you updated. thank you, jerry. >> thanks very much. in northern virginia some subdivisions are still unplowed, so in vienna dozens of homeowners took matters into their own hand. they formed a shovel brigade and cleared a half-mile of snow. vdot does expect to get into the remaining neighborhoods tonight, but they may not be able to clear some areas until sunday. there's so much snow that d.c. is bringing in bigger machinery. he is bringing in heavier equipment from nearby states to haul away snow too thick to be pushed to the side of the roadways. snowplow drivers say the snowfall was so heavy that it has been a challenge for their trucks. and the blizzards are over now and it is time for the big dig. here's where we stand. the federal government is back open with a delayed arrival up
scheduled leave policy. workers can arrive up to two hours later than usual. all major school systems are closed. metro is running again, but not at every stop. news4's tracee wilkins is joining us from capitol heights metro station with big station closings you need to know about this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, eun. 15 stations closed as of now, but the number could continue to change. when we started out this morning, metro was going to have nine stations closed. then they upped it to 22. then there were more changes and we have settled in at 15. there have been issues of clearing the above-ground metro stations. let me show you what's happening here at capitol heights station. they are actually putting down salt. they are preparing for people to come. the buses have already been running this morning and the train, of course, is operating here. the good news is that things are starting to move, but everything is not exactly back to normal yet. all green line stations are completely open, but the red, blue, yellow and orange lines have limited service today. all trains will run slower due to the conditions of the tracks.
metro buses will be back in service on passable roads. and in d.c. that most likely means snow emergency routes. they expect to expand service as the roads improve throughout the day. metro rail will have 20 to 25-minute intervals above-ground and 10 to 15-minute intervals at below-ground stations today. now, if you are looking forward to receiving metro access, they may actually be doing curb-to-curb service as opposed to door-to-door service today. now, we want to tell you about which stations are closed. this is the lis as of right now. braddick road, dun lorey, east falls church, eisenhower avenue, springfield, sfat mr, huntington, king street, shadedy grove, twin brooke, van doran street, west falls church and white flint. all close as of right now. that could be changing. back out here live, this is
central avenue for folks driving into prince george's county. the roads look really good here. the major roads, at least. still some issues with the secondary roads. now, for folks heading to metro and looking forward to a late night tonight because you finally get to get out of the house, kw they are closing metro down at midnight instead of 3:00 a.m. to get back out here to do more cleaning on the tracks. tracey will kips live at the metro. back to you in the studio. well, another big storm we are following this morning. former president bill clinton is in the hospital in new york city this morning after inserting stints into a clogged artery. we are joined with the very latest on this now from new york. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we have good news to report from here. former president pill clinton is expected to be released from the hospital today. yesterday he underwent a procedure to open a clogged artery. chest discomfort sent former president bill clinton to
columbian pris by teen hospital on thursday where the doctors determined he had a blocked artery and needed two stints to keep it open. >> he had some vague chest discomfort that when it became reptive he recognized it might be a problem with his heart. >> reporter: this is not the first time the former president has experienced heart problems. in 2004 mr. clinton underwent grad rupele bypass surgery because of four blocked arteries. cardiologist allen squaths says it was on one of those vessels that required the stint. >> one of the bypass grafts was completely blocked. the procedure took on the order of an hour. and he was able to get up about two hours afterwards. >> reporter: hillary clinton was seen leaving the hospital late thursday night after she and daughter chelsea spent the evening with her husband. the secretary of state is expected to keep plans for an upcoming trip to the middle east. as for mr. clinton, doctors expect a full recovery.
>> i told him he could be back in the office on monday. >> reporter: mr. clinton's heart procedure is common. more than a half million stints are placed in patients in the u.s. each year. again, mr. clinton is expected to be released from the hospital today. one of his advisers said he's looking forward to getting back to work with his foundation and to helping the people in haiti. joe? >> doctor lights, we know he experienced chest discomfort, but did he, in fact, have a heart attack? >> reporter: no. his cardiologist made a point to say he did not have a heart attack. >> okay. well, complete recovery looks good and he'll be back at work on monday. that seems very quick for this kind of a procedure. i thought you had to stay in bed and prone for a while for a number of hours after you had this procedure because of the clotting where the stint was inserted. >> reporter: he will have been here at the hospital, but
normally these procedures are done, some people come in the morning and leave by evening. sometimes they stay overnight. usually the side effect that someone is looking for might be some bleeding where t catheter or tube went into the groin for the procedure. otherwise, a quick recovery unlike what he had a few years ago when he had the grud rupele bypass surgery, which was a major surgery. >> dr. lights, thank you so much for joining us. we wish him well. thank you. coming up, the changes coming after a group of security guards stand around and watch a girl attacked at a bus terminal. this is amazing. we are counting down to the olympics. what to expect for tonight's opening ceremonies. we are going live to vancouver. finally, believe it or don't. we will have a snow-free weekend. your weather and traffic together on the 1s next.
good morning. time for weather and traffic. i'm meteorologist tom keirein. we are in the 20s now and clear, but a few clouds later today with highs in the upper 30s. mostly cloudy on saturday with flurries in virginia. partly cloudy on sunday. high 30s both days with light snow possible on monday afternoon lingering into tuesday morning. house of representatives the
traffic, jerry? chopper 4 in the air showing us southbound . the inner loop has been closed for ice and snow removal. you are looking at delays making the trip in from at least 198 now headed on south toward the capital beltway. rockville, be careful. very icy. be very cautious. your line of sight in some places nonexistent. all right, thanks, jerry. our time is 6:13. let the games begi coming up next, we'll go live to vancouver to show you what to expect tonight for the opening ceremonies and an update on the health of one of the games' star athletes. the big dig is underway. we'll check out the conditions in northern virginia as many of you head to work for the first time in a week.
it has been years of planning and now we are just hours away from the start of the 2010 winter olympic games. final preparations are being made in vancouver for tonight's elaborate opening sore monys. michelle franzen is joining us live fm vancouver with a preview. michelle, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. it is raining a little bit here in vancouver, but that shouldn't dampen the opening ceremony held for the first time indoors. canada is ready to unveil the beauty and history of this host city. and despite preolympic games drama and injuries, athletes are also ready to shine. through thick fog and snow on the mountain, there was at least a glimpse of skier lindsay vonn.
training was canceled because of the storm, but the superstar was allowed to make a quick run off the course to test her bruised shin. >> i want to at least get the feeling of the course and see what's going on with the terrain. >> reporter: vonn is expected back on the mountain today as is stacy cook who took this spill early thursday. >> it was a big tim pbl, but hopefully she's doing all right. >> reporter: there have been tough breaks for team usa here, but as the american flag was raised at the olympic village, athleteses were hopeful things would start looking up. the moment most trained their lives for as the games officially get underway. as a rehearsal took place, there was a sneak peek at the spectacular show. an opening the host city hopes to showcase high excitement and the deep root of this nation. but for many, history will be made tonight. five-time olympian mark gremit
was chosen to lead team usa into the adium. >> my jaw dropped. for the next half hour we sat in the room just talking about it and both of us were just shaking from the excitement. it is a great honor. >> reporter: and emotions around the world are sure to be running high as more than 80 nations take their places here and the games finally begin. there will also be a very special part of the opening ceremonies. a time for pausing to remember haiti victims and to bring awareness there. they will debut the remake of the "we are the world" song. following an opening ceremony, competition kicks off in a big way with more than a dozen events planned tomorrow. and, eun, with the u.s. olympians bringing the medals home, it will look good on the podium. >> after lindsay tested her
shin, did she say anything about whether she would compete? >> reporter: she was not talking, but her husband said it felt fantastic enough where she'll probably be okay. she took a bunch of painkillers she put on her twitter that she was taking painkillers and put cream on it. they were actually kind of glad that the training run yesterday was canceled. it gave her a little bit more time to heal. today she'll be testing it out in a big way. it wasn't the true test yesterday. we'll know more later today on what her chances are and whether she'll be sitting something out or whether she'll be able to compete in the five events. >> we are crossing our fingers. michelle fransen live in ncouver this morning. thank you. once again, opening ceremonies begin tonight at 7:30 p.m. you can watch it here on nbc 4. after two major blizzards in the past week, we are still digging out from all that snow. it has been a difficult week for crews trying to plow the roadways. and while they have gotten to many of the roads, some side
streets still proving to be very difficult. news4's megan mcgrath is joining us from rose hill, virginia, with more. megan, exactly where is rose hill, virginia? >> reporter: well, it's the rose hill section of fairfax county here. that's where we are. we are here alongside rose hill drive. this road has gotten a lot of attention. plows have obviously taken it down to the asphalt here. the problem that we are seeing today primarily is the icing that has happened overnight. we had a lot of really great sunshine yesterday that melted all of the snow. not all of it, but it caused the big piles to melt down a bit. the water has spread in some areas across the road surface and then froze overnight. very, very slippery conditions. inact, getting out of the live truck just a few moments ago to come out here, ice. i slid. i didn't fall, but it is very slick. we are still seeing a situation where people have not really been plowed sufficiently.
we'll take a look at video we shot a little while ago of green haven place. this is a dead end street located right off rose hill drive. and you can see the conditions there are just terrible. we have car that is are still packed in with snow. they have not yet gotten and dug out here this morning. we have seen people actually not turn down there. they were picking up folks who live on the street, and they stopped here on rose hill anded that their friends walk to them rather than go down the street. a little while ago we talked to the plow driver. he said the ice is the main issue today. >> rough, tough. >> reporter: it's the ice, huh? >> it's the ice. it is bad. >> reporter: you are going to be scooping and removing. >> right. scooping and removing. >> reporter: what do you think of the mounds of snow? >> it is awful. it's a sight to see. >> reporter: of course, we are hearing about ramps that are closing because of icing conditions. just be aware of it. be very careful, especially on
the sidewalks and walking out of your house. it is icy. a quick update for metro riders this morning. the blue line now is completely operating and open thismorning. and so is the green line. the blue and green lines are open on metro. there are still closures on other lanes this morning. >> metro is making good progres out there. we'll get a check on the weather and the upcoming storm for monday. but a snow-free weekend, right, tom? we are into the freeze and thaw cycle, so we'll be dealing with this for the next couple weeks. it is in the 20s around the regional. 29 in washington. windchills are down near 20. wind are still gusting near 20 miles an hour this morning. we have a mostly clear sky here with clouds over virginia and west virginia and a few on the eastern shore. and we'll have a partly cloudy afternoon with highs in the upper 30s. mostly cloudy tomorrow, mid-30s. then partly cloudy on sunday, mid-30s. light snow accumulations are possible late monday afternoon and evening into tuesday morning and dry after that.
jerry, how is the traffic? take a live look, chopper 4 continues to watch oaf the significant delays along 95 in maryland trying to get down to the beltway. the ramp from 95 south to the inner loop was closed for a while for cleanup operations. the ramp is reopened, but it is stacked up badly beginning at route 98. we'll head over to 270. severe lane restrictions this morning as you head south in montgomeriville. keep your speeds down. it is icy. thank you so much. coming up, the changes coming after a group of security guards stand around and watch a girl attacked at a bus terminal. they do nothing. the fate of the ten americans detained in haiti. why there are a number of conflicting reports about whether or not they will be released. and the very long night for some drivers in maryland. what it was like for some drivers to be stranded in their vehicles for more than 30 hours.
good morning. welcome back. a judge in haiti is recommending the ten u.s. missionaries charged with kidnapping be released from jail while the investigation continues. the judge questioned the americans and parents who said they willingly gave their children to the baptist church group. they believed the missionaries would educate and care for their children. now the prosecutor can agree or object to the recommendation, but the judge has the final say. it is unclear whether the americans if they are released whether they will be allowed to leave the country or not. sheriff's deputies will be
posted in a seattle bus tunnel after a 15-year-old girl was brutally beaten. we must warn you,ome of the viewers will find this disturbing. three security guards stood inches from the fight but did not step in. under their contract they were only required to observe and report crime. the victim was knocked unconscious but not seriously injured. wow. 6:27 is the time, 29 degrees. next at 6:30, how former president bill clinton is doing after undergoing a heart procedure. also ahead, the confusion for many metro riders heading back to work.
slowly returning to normal. the federal government will be open today and metro is picking up speed, but there is still many problems you will see out on the roadways and, of course, if your neighborhood. former president bill clinton is in the hospital today. how he is doing today after undergoing a heart procedure. welcome back to "news4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. it is february 12, 2010. it is 6:30, 29 degrees. this is a metro station at -- is this reagan national airport? >> it is, indeed. >> okay. the airport is open, but there are some delays and cancellations. check your flights before coming to the airport. >> the but line goes to reagan
national and all stations on the blue line are open. >> on the green line as well. absolutely. we'll go to tom keen to check the latest on the forecast. >> the first light of dawn is beginning to show up. thankfully, more settled weather into the weekend. good weather for digging out today. 29 in washington. montgomery, arlington, fairfax, prince george's county, in the upper 20s. mid 20s in the eastern shore. teens out of the moup tips. we have cloudiness across virginia and west virginia. most of maryland, the district of columbia, clear right now. sunshine around the metro area this morning. by 9:00, near 30. by noon, mid-30s. then mostly cloudy by sunset at 5:42. before that, we'll reach the upper 30s with melting. then, yes, freezing back up again. we'll be in this freezing and thawing cycle here for the next few days. tomorrow morning down into the mid-20s. mostly cloudy on saturday with a few flurries in virginia. sunday, partly cloudy with mid-30s. light accumulating snow is possible on monday afternoon and
evening into tuesday morning. how is the traffic, jerry? tom, off we go. check it out. 395 northbound at the 14th street bridge, there's another snow removal operation going on right now. and the ramp from the gw parkway to go in on the 14th, particularly slow, again reduced lanes for merging. something we are going to have to get used to, sharing the roadway. we'll head over to see how we are doing in maryland. here's the beltline near river road. be careful. your line of sight? all jurisdictions is going to be very, very reduced. a quick check along 270 from chopper four down to spur. be careful, the roads are slick. again, severe lane restrictions and line of sight issues. thank you very much. >> former president bill clinton is expected to be released from columbia presbyterian hospital in new york today. he had a blocked artery and needed two stints t keep it open. he had quadruple bypass surgery in 2004. he is said to be okay and in good spirits. doctors say he could be back at work as soon as monday. well, now that the blizzards
are over, we are digging out and moving on. here's how things look at 6:30 this morning on a friday. the federal government is back open with delayed arrival and unscheduled leave policies in effect. workers can arrive up to two hours later than usual. all major school systems remain closed. metro is running again, but not necessarily at your station. for more on that, we'll go to tracee wilkins joining us live from the capitol heights metro station with closures you need to know about. tracee? >> reporter: good morning, joe. capitol heights is on the blue line. now, a part of the blue line was closed all morning. they have now opened the blue line completely, so while this subway has been running all morning ng, there were parts of this line they did have closed down. we know there's at least one above-ground station on the blue line. that was probably the problem. those are the stations we are seeing problems with this morning, but here's what it looks like at capitol heights. they are taking care of salt on the ground, they have cleared the sidewalk here. it looks really good. so while things are up and
moving, it is note completely back to normal yet. folks on groan and blue line, the stations are completely open. the yellow and orange lines are limited today. all trains will run slower due to conditions on the tracks and metro buses will be back in service on passable roads. in d.c., that most likely means snow emergency routes. now, they expect to expand service on the roads as they improve. so more buses as the roads get better. metro rail will have 20 to 25-minute intervals on above-ground metro stops. and 10 to 15-minute intervals for below-ground stations. now, we have a list of the stations now closed reminding you that there are 11 of them. braddick road, dunmore, eisenhower avenue, grope strat more, huntington, king street, rockville, shady grove, twin brooke, vienna, fairfax, gmu, west falls church and white flint metro stations all closed
as of right now. they are continuing their work and hope to get the stations back open sooner than later. here's what it looks like in east capital heading into central avenue. the roads are looking good here. the major roadways are looking good. i mean, they plowed them and cleared them. when you come into the metro stations, you shouldn't have issues here. they are saying about 70% of the parking will be available at all of the stations where parking is available. so you shouldn't have any problems there as well. but you are going to need to give yourself some extra time for some of the changes we have seen to the roads on secondary roads and in neighborhoods. and then, also, for the fact that the stations' trains are running slower than usual. be sure you prepare. know that they are closing at midnight, not 3:00 a.m. i'm tracee wilkins live at capitol heights station. back to you in the studio. thank you very much. >> in fed rick county, maryland, 25 people trapped by the blizzards in their cars are now free. rescue workers dug through snowdrifts reaching eight feet
high to save the trapped drivers and passengers. many passed the time by sleeping. >> sleeping right in the middle of the road because the tractor-trailer was broken down. >> children were among those trapped. fortunately, heat in the vehicles worked and no one required medical treatment for serious injury. in northern virginia vdot hopes to plow snow in neighborhoods by tonight, but crews may not be able to clear some areas until sunday. so in vienna dozens of people took matters into their own homes clearing a half mile of snow with a shovel brigade. d.c. crews are making progress on clearing out the snow, but it is not happening fast enough for some people. main roads are clear, but side streets are still waiting for a plow. the snow level is high and so is the frustration. >> we pay a lot of taxes to the city for service like this and we d't have representation much less have our streets plow. >> give me my tax money back and i'll get my own plow.
>> mayor fenty is bringing in heavier equipment from nearby states to haul away snow too thick to be pushed to the side of the road. a violent crash in rockville killed a man and left two others injured. it happened at 8:00 last night in the 1200 block of west montgomery avenue. a chevrolet silverado pickup was turning left into a hotel entrance when an explorer slammed into the vehicle. both drivers were injured but they are expected to recover. police in prince george's county shot a suspect who barricaded himself inside a home. it happened yesterday in the 6700 block of cool ridge drive in temple hills. police were called to the area after reports of someone being shot. when they arrived, one person had been shot. they also learned a man with a gun ran into a nearby home and barricaded himself in a room. police went to the house and tried for several houses hours to negotiate with the gunman.
the suspect finally pointed his gun at police and officers fired a shot. no word on that man's condition. 6:37 is your time. coming up, an important alert for toyota openers. why the car company is about to announce more problems with its vehicles. also ahead, it's the end of an era on capitol hill. a fixture in congress is calling it quits. it has been a long week for everyone. find out just what the weather will be like this weekend. weather and traffic together on the 1s are next.
good morning. time for weather and traffic. i'm meteorologist tom keirein. dig out day two after the big storm on wednesday. now in the 20s around the region, so we froze right back up overnight. we have a lot of ice around from what melted off yesterday. it froze back up. now we have a clear sky across virginia and wesvirginia. we'll have a few clouds during the afternoon. highs reaching the upper 30s and cloudy tonight, mostly cloudy saturday into the mid-. a slight chance of flurries in virginia. on sunday, partly cloudy in the mid-30st. there may be some accumulating light snow on monday afternoon and evening into tuesday morning. now, jerry, how is the traffic? tom, accidents beginning to pop up on the board. arlington boulevard and graham road. authorities on the scene of an
accident there with a car into a snow bank. the stretch between arizona road and massachusetts avenue, be careful. one lane being shared by all folks. you are going to have to give way this morning. along 95 northbound and southbound, for the most part, pretty good shape. again, you will lose a far left or far right travel lane under the ice and snow on the interstates, if particular. stay right up the middle, that's the safest place to be. thank you very much, jerry. >> 6:42 is your time, 29 degrees. former president bill clinton is in the hospital this moing. next at 6:45 what doctors are saying about his condition. and the problem commuters are seeing this morning as many of you try to head back to work for the first time in quite a while.
former president bill clinton is expected to leave a new york city hospital today. doctors inserted two stints into one of his arteries after he complained of chest pain. news4's elaine reyes is joining us live from the newsroom with details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the medical procedure took about an hour. he's said to be doing well, even walking around the hospital a few hours after that surgery. now, former president bill clinton spent the night at columbia presbyterian hospital in new york city yesterday. two stints were implanted in one his coronary arteries. it was first operated on some six years ago during a quadruple bypass. secretary of state hillary clinton was at the white house when she got the news. she arrived at the hospital then spent time with her husband and daughter chelsea. she is expected to continue to go on her trip to the middle east one day late.
the former president's doctor say the operation or the procedure, rather, was a follow-up and not a result of a poor lifestyle. >> his initial test, electrocardiogram and blood test showed no evidence of a heart attack. again, i repeat, no heart attack or damage to his heart. the pictures were taken of the arteries that supply blood to the heart and of the floor bypass grafts he had six year ago. one of the bypass graphs was completely blocked. and because of that, and the fact that he was having repetitive symptoms at rest, he was treated with two stints that were plad into his own coronary artery. >> mr. clinton's heart procedure is common. more than a half million stints are placed in patients across the united states each year. doctors told mr. clinton he could go back to work on monday. eun? >> elaine reyes, thank you.
representative patrick kennedy of rhode island is retiring after eight terms in congress. in a taped mess annual to air this weekend, kennedy said his life is, quote, taking a new direction. patrick kennedy has been in and out of treatment for substance abuse, but he has easily won reelection. once his term ends it will be the first time in more than 60 years a den kennedy won't hold a political office in washington. senate democrats are proposing a new jobs bill scrapping one that had bipartisan support. this one focusing on boosting job creation. it would give a tax break to companies who hire up employed workers and would give a tax break to small businesses that buy new equipment. some republicans are accusing democrats of renaming on the original bipartisan agreement. however, it was criticized for not creating enough jobs. the senate has a key test vote when the chamber returns the week of february 22nd. well, this morning toyota is trying to regain trust from drivers again. the car company will now report
all problems in all vehicles no matter how small. cnbc's courtney reagan is joining us live with what the report will say. good morning to you, courtney. >> reporter: good morning to you. we have heard a lot about toyota in the last few weeks with the recalls, but now the company will disclose problems with all vehicles, even the minor ones they are not required to announce. it is all in an attempt to dampen the poor handling of the recent recalls. the toyota president wants to meet with dealers and suppliers next month, but congress wants him to testify in hris and issue a subpoena. president obama says toyota and other automakers must comply to safety complaints soon. the staffers are being torsed to take an unpaid week off amid the ad slump. the nation's second largest newspaper had 1500 worker who is had to take two unpaid weeks of
vacation last year. their ads plunged 29% in 2009. >> that's rough for a lot of media companies. thank you, courtney. have a good weekend. >> reporter: you, too. well, valentine's day is sunday, but the blizzard may have put a chill on the romance. snowy streets made things tough for cupid. florists have had to recruit suvs and four-wheel drive vehicles to deliver roses. even if you have been too snowed in to buy that valentine's gift, apparently that excuse won't count. you still have more time. many stores will be open on sunday. that's right. no excuses. many people are still trying to dig out of their neighborhoods this morning. in virginia crews have been working hard to clear every street, but some neighborhood are still seeing streets packed and piled with snow. megan mcgrath is joining us from rose hill, virginia, with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it really depends on where you live and what kind of a street you have. if you are on a major road like
this is rose hill drive behind me, it is in very good shape. the plows have been out here and brought it down to the asphalt. a little bit of slush along the side, but very, very clear. not a problem here this morning. take a look at this video, though, that we shot of the street right across from us. this is green haven place. and it is in bad, bad condition. still all these days off the storm. we have cars that are completely socked in by the snow that the plows did remove. however, those plows, it looks like they only did a couple swipes because they have very snow covereds on the cul-de-sac. it will be a tough go for the folks trying to dig out. many people are returning to work here today, so it will be slow going. we are also seeing a big issue with ice. it is very cold out here. we had a lot of sunshine yesterday. it caused some of the snow to melt. all of that froze up and we are seeing quite a bit of ice out there. so folks are going to want to
take it very easy. we talked to one gentleman who veptured out for a cup of vo. he described what he said. >> well, the main roads seem to be okay. the neighborhoods are not too good. but as long as i can get on them to get a cup of coffee, i'm doing okay. >> reporter: and we have, of course, these huge mounds of snow that are just about everywhere. and that makes it a little treacherous in terms of pulling out on to a main street. because in many instances, your view is blocked. when you try to look left or right, you can't see beyond the big pile of snow. the tendency is to go out into the intersection without being real sure that traffic is coming. that's something i fear will happen for a while. back to you. >> thank you, megan mcgrath. it is time for traffic and weather on the 1s. >> here's tom keirein with the latest on the forecast. >> i'm hearing ripple effects from coworkers that haven't had
their trash picked up. the trash collectors can't get down the streets. we are going to deal with the ripple effect of the storm here for the next several days. here's what it looked like yesterday evening just after the sun had gone down and the sky changed colors. you can see the snow reflecting the color of the sky. the snow, of course, was water. now it is frozen, but it is still reflecting the sky color just like water does. we'll see now at this hour with the sunrise underway that the snow taking on sort of a turquoise glow. 29 in washington. it will stay below freezing for the next couple of hours. teens in the mountains. mid-20s on the eastern shore. we have a clear sky over washington. we'll have some sunshin this morning, but clouding up this afternoon. it is cloudy across virginia and west virginia. there's a storm system moving along the gulf coast, and that's spreading moisture there. it looks like most of that stays to the south, but there could be a little bit of it farther into virginia on saturday. maybe some flurries as far north as fredericksburg saturday
afternoon. then another storm zipping down here. the upper level disturbance, very moisture starved. it come could in on monday. it could tap a bit of atlantic moisture. it may just be a scenario for light snow for presidents' day. for this day, well, we'll have sunshine this morning around the metro area. then clouding up this afternoon. we'll see highs in the upper 30s. sunrise, 7:03. sunset, 5:42. by midnight down into the 20s. mid-20s by dawn saturday. during the day saturday, mostly cloudy. highs mid-30s. partly cloudy on sunday in the mid-30s. and some light accumulating snow is possible monday afternoon and evening lingering to tuesday morning. then it will end. thursday and friday, sunshine is back. now jerry, how is the traffic? chopper 4 is checking things out in northern virginia. the accident remains with a car into the snow bank along route 50 at allen. it is jammed to seven corners. be forewarned. we have severe lane restrictions and folks just have to pay attention to what they are doing. it appears from this view .that
the left turn was initially lost under ice and snow. the guy ran up onnen it there and got stuck, but it is jammed. the secondary roadways are tough. a quick check on 66 loaded up for the capitol belt vai. beltway. reduce your speeds and you'll be okay. just be cautious. we'll keep you updated throughout the day. jerry, just remember with a snow bank, it is eas to make a deposit, hard to make a withdrawal. >> very good. very good. >> i would hate to be on the roads today. here's a look at the top stories we are following this morning. former president bill clinton is expected to be released from a new york hospital today. doctors placed two stints in a clogged artery. mr. clinton is said to be fine and in good spirits. the city of vancouver is getting ready for tonight's start of the 2010 winter olympic games. athletes from around the world will gather with 55,000 fans for the opening ceremony. more than 3 billion people will watch it on tv. it all starts tonight at 7:30
p.m. here on nbc 4. and once again, federal government employees will return to work today for the first time in a week. all federal agencies will open, but will have a two-hour delay in arrival times. employees who still cannot report to work because of the snow can take unscheduled leave. metro is also back open today depending on what station you use. >> some stations are still closed because of the snow. and the closures have fluctuated throughout the morning. news4 east tracee wilkins is joining us from the capitol heights metro station with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, joe and eun. we now have 12 stations that are closed on metro's system. most of the stations above-ground are closed due to the snow cleanup othe tracks. we are here where they have done great cleanup. this is a below ground station, but it is on the blue line. earlier this morning some of the blue line was closed. that's not the case anymore, but things are not completely back to normal yet. all green and blue line stations
are completely open. but -- due to the conditions on the tracks, give yourself extra time. metro buses will be back in service on pass able roads as well. now, we'll take a look at the closures. we are looking at braddick road, dun lorey, eisenhower avenue, stratmore, huntington, king street, rockville, shady grove, twin brooke, vienna, fairfax, west falls church, all of these stations closed as well as white flint. those taking the king street and braddick stations, the yellow line is closed but the blue line is running. so that's the distinction there that you need to know. looking out here at central avenue, east capitol going into central avenue here, roads are a little slushy, but they have been plowed. take your time on the major roads out in prince george's county and throughout the area this morning. tracey will kips, live at the capitol heights metro station, back to you in the studio.
thank you. we'll get another check on the weather forecast with tom keirein in the storm weather center. >> good weather for digging out. we are starting off with a clear sky around the metro area with temperatures in the 20s. 29 in washington. montgomery, fairfax, arlington, prince george's counties in the mid-20s. highs today should make it into the upper 30s and partly cloudy. mostly cloudy tomorrow. sunday, partly cloudy, maybe light snow on president's day. back to you. that's "news4 today." thank you for starting your day was. >> hope you have a great day and a great weekend. we hope to join you on monday morning at